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tucson heroes sitting up in the gallery? after the speech, republican rising star paul ryan gave the republican response. and then congresswoman michele bachmann gave the separate tea party response. the question is, couldn't miss bachmann at least have the courtesy to look us in the eye. that wasn't her fault actually. and lost in all this state of the union inbound e e jibber-jabber was an implication in europe. the question, what is the result of sending "the jersey shore" to italy for the next season? it's way too early for this. good morning, i'm willie geist and this is "way too early," the show that like the president the state of the union received standing ovations here in the studio for every profound thing he says. still waiting for my first. glad you're up with us watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail. let me know why you're awake
right now. or do what michele bachmann does and text "awake" followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, january 26. a lot it tell you about today, of course, including rahm emanuel back on the ballot in chicago for now. plus, the tiger mom enters the ring with the tiger host, stephen colbert. two tigers enter, one tiger leaves. we'll show you a little bit later. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. delivering his state of the union address last night, president obama challenged americans to set aside partisan differences and come together around the common goal of outcompeting other nations in this new century. in a 61-minute speech, the president outlined what he called a plan to "win the future." that includes a five-year freeze on most discretionary spending, ending tax loopholes, and cutting corporate tax rates, reorganizing federal agencies,
investing in education, infrastructure, research, as well as clean energy innovation. you might be asking yourself how do we do all that with a spending freeze. the tucson shooting did weigh heavily on the mood in the house chamber. the event was far from the pep rallies of years past. president obama began by noting the presence of an empty chair set aside for arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords. >> as we mark this occasion, we're also mindful of the empty chair in this chamber, and we pray for the health of our colleague and our friend, gabby giffords. [applause] amid all the noise and passion and rancor of our public debate, tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater.
something more consequential than party or political preference. we are part of the american family. >> so you heard the president talking about the tragedy in tucson. but he did not mention the issue of gun control which many advocate and will progressives wanted him to take a stand on. the common theme, however, was the idea of american exceptionalism. >> the first step in winning the future is encouraging american innovation. what america does better than anyone else is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. we're the nation that puts cars in address and computers in offices. the nation of edison and the wright brothers, of google and facebook. [applause] >> in america, innovation doesn't just change our lives, it is how we make our living. [applause] >> while the president didn't spend much time on foreign or military policy, he did evoke a
huge defense issue from 50 years ago and how it inspired american innovation. >> and half a century ago when the soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. the science wasn't even there yet. nasa didn't exist. but after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the soviets, we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs. this is our generation's sputnik moment. >> the president invoking the cold war. as i mentioned earlier, the president outlined an initiative to freeze spending on some domestic programs. a departure from his first two years in office. >> i am proposing that starting this year we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years. [applause] >> now this would reduce the
deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. it will bring discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since dwight eisenhower was president. i recognize that some in this chamber have already proposed deeper cuts. and i'm willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without. but let's make sure that we're not doing it on the back of our most vulnerable citizens. [applause] >> announcement of cuts was expected, but the president did surprise congress with a bold threat to veto bills that include earmarks. >> and because the american people deserve to know to special interests aren't larding up legislation with pet project, both parties in congress should know this -- if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, i will veto it. [applause] >> i will veto it.
[applause] >> standing o there from john mccain. just days after house republicans voted to repeal the president's health care law, president obama defended it. >> now, i have heard rumors that a few of you still have concern about our new health care law. so let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. if you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, i am eager to work with you. instead of refighting the battles of the last two years, let's fix what needs fixing, and let's move forward. [applause] >> the president also challenged americans and congress to get together, to continue the spirit of bipartisanship and not make it just a thing that lasts a couple of months. and to do it for the benefit of the country.
>> we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything is possible, no matter who you are. no matter where you come from. that dream is why i can assistant here before you tonight -- stand here before you tonight. that dream is why a working class kid from scranton can sit behind me. [ laughter ] [applause] that dream is why someone who began by sweeping the floors of his father's cincinnati bar can preside as speaker of the house in the greatest nation on earth. [applause] >> we do big things. the idea of america endures. our destiny remains our choice. and tonight more than two centuries later, it's because of
our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong. thank you, god bless you. and may god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> so the speech ended there. during it, bipartisanship was on full display. democrats, republicans, sitting intermingled for the first time in memory. however, that seemingly simple arrangement sparked controversy yesterday when minority leader nancy pelosi turned down majority leader eric cantor's invitation to sit together. not very nice. she had already accepted an invitation from another republican colleague, congressman roscoe bartlett. six of the supreme court's nine justices also showed up to listen to the president's state of the union address. just a year after he scolded them for freeing corporations to fund campaign ads. justices clarence thomas and antonin scalia weren't there. and samuel alito had accepted an
invitation to teach in hawaii. after the speech, republicans used response time to warn of economic disaster if the u.s. doesn't get serious it its budget deficit. congressman paul ryan of wisconsin said that unless there are immediate spending cuts, conservatives will not vote to increase the debt ceiling this spring. >> our nation is approaching a tipping point. we're at a moment where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, america's best century will be considered our past century. this is a future in which we will transform our social ♪ into a hammock -- safety net into a hammock. >> he also accused the president of a "stimulus spending spree" that he says failed to create jobs and plunged the country further into debt. >> health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt. and the president's law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy. our debt is out of control. what was a fiscal challenge is
now a fiscal crisis. we cannot deny it. instead we must as american confront it responsibly. and that is exactly what republicans pledge to do. >> ryan did not outline many specific policies apart from the repeal of health care reform. didn't mention social security or medicare, big drivers of the u.s. deficit. nor did he say exactly how much republicans would cut federal spending. following the republican party's official response by ryan, minnesota republican congresswoman michele bachmann delivered her own rebuttal of president obama's state of the union. in her brief remarks which were streamed on line by the tea party express, bachmann slammed government spending. >> after the $700 billion bailout, the trillion dollar imulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored washington to please stop spending money that we don't have. but instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of
government spending and debt. it was unlike anything we'd ever seen before in the history of the country. >> in case you're wondering, congresswoman bachmann was looking at a tea party camera and not at the pool camera. a lot of people were distracted by where she was looking. she offered up her own solutions including instituting a balanced budget amendment, blocking cap and trade legislation, and repealing the national health care overhaul. nmpts some other news yesterday, doctors treating arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords have upgraded her from serious to good condition. they also say she's ready to move from the texas hospital she's now in to a rehab center. that could happen sometime this morning pending a medical review. giffords has been in intensive care since friday because of a fluid build-up in her brain, a common problem with brain injuries. in houston last night, giffords watched the state of the union address with her husband, mark kelly, at her bedside. yesterday giffords' twitter account went active for the first time since her near-fatal shooting. in a tweet from the entire giffords team, the account
offered a message for the intern who first came to her aid after the attack which said "happy 21st birthday, daniel hernandez! sounds like you have fun plans tonight!" hernandez, of course, was a guest of honor at the state of the union last night sitting in the box with first lady michelle obama. the illinois supreme court has agreed now to decide whether rahm emanuel can run for mayor of chicago. ending at least a temporary lifeline to the former white house chief of staff who was thrown off the ballot earlier this week over a residency dispute. according to the court spokesman, supreme court justices will review legal briefs not hold oral arguments. they want to decide quickly as early voting will begin monday. the court ruled yesterday that no ballots may be printed without emann -- emanuel's name. and poor decisionmaking in
washington and top wall street firms, a revelation. according to "the new york times," the report due to be released tomorrow, found the culture of excessive risk taking triggered the crisis. the commission laid blame on the federal reserve and other regulators, faulting former fed chairman alan greenspan and ben burbank for failing to foresee the cries i. even if bernanke -- crisis. even if bernanke had a crucial role in responding to it. ahead, much more from the state of the union including the president's biggest applause line of the night. did he deliver on his promise to inspire the country again? we will debate that. plus, italian american groups went nuts yesterday over the news that mtv's "jersey shore" is going to italy next season. snooki, j-wow, and the situation with eur-rail passes. what could go wrong? more when we come back.
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cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. it may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it won't take long before you feel the impact. >> president obama last night. nothing like hearing the state of the union with a l'il wayne underneath it. a beautiful picture of the united states capitol. let's check on weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. what have you got in store for us? the latest winter storm. >> good. >> it's on schedule. yea. >> wonderful. >> get the party hats out.
let's talk about what's going to happen. winter storm warnings, boston, providence, new york city, hartford, washington, d.c., you're in a winter weather advisory. all this means is that another significant winter storm is on its way. we're already seeing rain, sleet, a little snow heading up through areas of new jersey. this storm has two pieces. the first part is coming up this morning for the morning rush hour for new york to philadelphia. could be a quick dump of snow. maybe an inch or slushy. after that, the real snowstorm will come later on tonight, kind of in two pieces. so the first part of the storm, there's the 32-degree line. so the temperatures are pretty mild. it's really only below freezing northern jersey from new york city northwards into new england. i think the roads around philly, baltimore, and d.c. will be just fine for your morning. here's how we're looking, snowfall projdsections. by early tomorrow, four to eight inches. d.c. to new york, six. not a blockbuster, just enough to be annoying. >> wet, too, which makes it worse. great, thanks again for everything. now for sports.
i think this will be the last day we talk about jay cutler's knee. but when charles barkley weighs in, we've got to bring it to you. the bears quarterback criticized in the media and by former nfl players for not attempting to play through an mcl sprain in the bears' loss to the packers. cutler found a new ally yesterday in nba hall of famer charles barkley. the outspoken one. he defended the quarterback against current nfl players who came out sunday and said cutler lacked heart. >> i was mad, i was mad at the players, to be honest with you. i think it's inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. listen, it's fair to criticize guys they don't play well. i don't think it's 100% unfair to criticize -- if a guy's hurt, you got to respect that. >> there you go. so there. charles barkley says it's okay. a wild ending in college basketball last night. 23rd ranked florida taking on
georgia in an scc game in athens. four seconds, down two. dustin ware puts up the airball. trey thompson there for the followup. ended the ot. florida down by three. desperation -- georgia waiting to celebrate. no, irving walker, a long three-pointer, ties it with one second left. georgia stunned. game went to a second overtime, florida won it 104-91. running away with the game in that second ot. great finish. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," live again this morning from washington we will have the big breakdown of the president's state of the union speech. and spoiler alert -- some people were not blown away. senators pat toomey and schrader brown, congressman jim clyburn and representative debbie wasserman shultz among our guests. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to hear the tiger mom defend her tiger momness to stephen colbert. receiving the bronze star, that was definitely one of my proudest moments.
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hitting the theme of american exceptionalism. it was that line that drew the biggest bipartisan cheers of the night. you want to sound smart today? tell your friends that the longest round of applause during last night's state of the union address totalled 28 seconds for that line. new york magazine compiled the top applause time. the second applause came when president obama was introduced. enough of the real news. let's huddle up around the water cooler to talk about stephen colbert going eye to eye with the tiger mom. yes, amy chua, famous in this country for her book "battle hymn of the tiger mother," using extreme tech naex to raise her children -- techniques to raise her children, including threatening to burn their teddy bears if they don't play an instrument correctly. let's watch colbert with the tiger ma'am. >> the chinese way of raising a child. what chinese mothers do is superior to what western mothers do. true or false? >> false. false. >> so you raised your children
in an inferior way? it was your choice? >> no, i don't -- >> you're saying -- can't you get on the bicycle and back pedal any faster? >> i do not believe chinese mothers are superior. >> it's not a how-to? >> no, it's not. >> you know people will take it -- >> why? it's how i was humbled by a 13-year-old. >> that comes off. you can't -- that's gone. >> remember, she also got a birthday card from her children once and rejected it because it was not done well enough. some other news for you. this is big international diplomatic news that should really concern everybody. we know now where the cast of "the jersey shore" is going for its season four. it's going to italy. yes. we've had two seasons at the jersey shore, one in south beach. now they're leaving the countrying to to see italy. the show has been so wildly success they got almost nine million viewers for the last episode. this thing just might go on forever. not everyone's excited about these -- well, say these
youngsters going over to italy. one italian american group says "people used to go to the circus to see the freak show. that is what this will be. it will not only hurt italians but all americans. their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos." apparently pauly d. and company not making the italian americans proud. still ahead, why are you awake? your bewitching texts and emails next. and "morning joe" live again this morning from washington with full reaction to the state of the union address.
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[ female announcer ] lactaid®. the original lactose-free milk. the number-one story is the president's state of the union, urging cooperation and innovation. good news down there at number three. doctors, as we told you earlier, is have upgraded giffords giffor -- gabby giffords to serious but good condition. we asked you what you're doing up this hour. rob? >> william writes "watching my second favorite willie, rights there between willie nelson and willy wonka." >> i